Gilbert & George Gordon’s Makes Us Drunk 1972

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Artist
Gilbert & George born 1943, born 1942
Title
Gordon’s Makes Us Drunk
Date 1972
Medium Video, monitor, black and white and sound (mono)
Dimensions Duration: 12 min.
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1972
Reference
T01703
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Gin and tonic became Gilbert and George's drink of choice in 1971. They picked Gordon's because it was 'the best gin'. For this film, they have added their names to the bottle's label, on either side of the Royal crest. The artists are shown seated at a table, getting drunk to a soundtrack of Elgar and Grieg. Their deadpan expressions and repeated declaration that 'Gordon's makes us very drunk' creates an absurd scene that ironically questions identity, nationality and 'good behaviour'.

October 2000

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